To get married in the state of South Carolina, you need to obtain a marriage license.  The following requirements apply to both residents and non-residents:


Both spouses-to-be (either opposite-sex or same-sex couples can be married in South Carolina) must appear together at the office of a South Carolina county probate judge and file a written application.  This application asks for the full name, social security number, age, and place of residence of both spouses.  It is a sworn statement that must be signed by both parties to the marriage, and then notarized in the office of the probate judge.


Some probate judges require both spouses to show their social security cards.


There is a waiting period after the application is filed before the license can be picked up and the marriage can take place.  The waiting period varies from county to county, so please contact the appropriate county probate judge at least a week before you plan to get married.


If you are 18 years old or older, you do not need parental consent.  But you must provide proof of your age (or simply verification if you're over 25) by presenting one of the following:


     Valid driver's license

     Original birth certificate or a certified copy of the birth certificate

     Current military identification card

     Current passport


No blood test or physical exam is required.


South Carolina residency is not necessary.


No proof of divorce (if applicable) is required.


The fee for a marriage license varies from county to county.  Only cash is accepted (no personal checks or credit cards.)


A South Carolina marriage license is valid only for marriages performed in South Carolina.


There is no expiration date for a South Carolina marriage license.



(Information re-printed courtesy of SCIWAY.NET's SC marriage guide)






South Carolina Marriage License Procedures

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